The weather has been cold/icy/gross, so recently we have been trapped at home for more hours than should be legal.
Toilet paper roll squished into a heart shape and dipped in paint!
FUN game!! We blew up 10 balloons and wrote numbers 1-10 on them. I hid them around the house, and Lily had to find them in order.
Then, Hughes played a more fun game with her, called throw the balloons over the staircase and catch them in a laundry basket. Daddy is much more fun.
They has lasted several days. We have kicked them, thrown them, organized them, etc...
Toilet paper roll butterfly.
Played with this adorable, fun homemade hopscotch/activity mat.
We made it last year, and it is probably my favorite craft Lily and I have ever made together.
Dixie is probably the most bored of all of us. Sigh. I am sick of being trapped in the house with a kid and a huge dog. Dixie always wants to get on this rug, but she isn't allowed on it (she sheds A LOT), but she is allowed on her bed. Obviously. Lily is ALWAYS looking out for Doodlus, so one day she brought the bed over to the rug so Dixie could still be ON the rug, sort-of.
Lily loves when I give her snacks in fun ice trays!
Playing in bubble wrap.
I do realize how unsafe this looks, but it bought 10 minutes of independent playing. I didn't let her suffocate, I promise.
I printed out this chart, and Lily wrote letters on some wooden blocks I had.
When she rolled the dice, she had to write the letter in a square. Plus, she wanted to find a sticker that started with that letter and put it in the square, too. She only played for a few minutes, but I have been really desperate for even small chunks of time.
I put her earrings in buttons, so they would be easier to find!
We put tattoos on bananas! AGH! So fun.
We made bead hearts.
Foam ice cream cones and foam pizza to bring into the bathtub! We made cupcake ones a few months ago, and they are so awesome and reusable.
I cleaned out Lily's pocket thing in the car and found treasures:
lotion, cotton balls, marbles, a necklace, bracelets, maracas from Caroline's first birthday party (she is 3, now), and my favorite: part of an old rosary that she used to carry around everywhere for months.
This picture is a snapshot of baby Lily- these were her favorite toys.
We have watched HOURS of TV. Like, 45 hours a day.
Cute egg carton game.
I cut an egg carton and hot glued the pieces on the back of a cereal box. Then, I put stickers on little rocks. Lily had to try and throw them into the right egg carton piece.
I REEEAALLY needed Lily to watch a TV show and leave me alone for 30 seconds, but it completely backfired. On the tv show she was watching, they went to the dentist, so within 2 minutes of my previous time-without-her-driving-me-crazy, she was begging for us to play dentist together. Sigh.
She needs a friend.
Made some applique shirts! They are VERY easy and frugal, of course.
*If you want to buy some of the cutest monogrammed/appliqué items you will EVER see, visit my friend's etsy shop: Ladybugs and Elephants. Once Reese gets here, I am going to take advantage of the small window of time I have to dress her how I want to dress her! I LOVE anything personalized! I cannot waste money on clothes for Lily, unless it is a dress, preferably with sparkles and fluff, because she won't wear it; it will just lead to one of us crying, wailing, tantrumming on her bedroom floor, stressed out about having wasted money. It's not a pretty sight when it is the 31 year old Mom.
I hung up a few pictures and took a minute to appreciate how prepared/organized my hubby is.
We did a picture scavenger hunt! I took pictures of ten random places in our house, pasted them onto a Pages document and printed them out. I numbered them, and at the end, Lily got a candy prize!
She LOVED IT! (Check out the Doodlus- always part of the game).
I bought Lily a $1 spray bottle for the bath tub!!! Bath time is rough in our house, because Lily never wants to get in...then, she never wants to get out. I dread it so much. But, the spray bottle has been fun.
Plus, I like to encourage as many games as possible that involve "Mama lying down." The options are virtually endless. In this moment, I have taken it to a new level, with a game called "Wash Mama's feet."